The organisers of the upcoming Cairns Tropical Pride event have put out a call for artists who want to exhibit their work during the festival.
Tropical Gaze, the north Queensland LGBTI festival’s annual art exhibition, brings together a mix of artwork, mediums and styles from established and emerging LGBTI artists in the community, and entries are now open for this year’s exhibition.
“Tropical north Queensland has long been home to a thriving LGBTI arts scene. Some artists are inspired by the reef and rainforest, some by the tropical light and others by the unique fauna and flora,” organisers said.
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists have been inspired by their own ancient living cultures, immigrant artists inspired by their amazing new homeland, and as is the case everywhere, artists trying to make sense of this crazy world we live in.”
The exhibition will be housed at Tanks Arts Centre’s gallery Tank 4, located in the heritage-listed Cairns Botanic Gardens precinct.
This year, “The Sealed Section” – a retrospective display of HIV/AIDS posters produced around Australia since the 1980s – will present an extraordinary visual timeline of the HIV pandemic seen through educational posters created by artists of the era.
At the exhibition’s launch party, 10 members of the community will be given time each to present themselves, their art, or a slideshow of their work. Short bios of artists and their work will be included with exhibits, so please include those details with your submission.
Organisers have also invited all guests to combine a visit to Tropical Gaze art exhibition with a walk through the local Cairns Botanic Gardens.
On the festival’s Pride Fair Day on Sunday October 8, ‘Meet The Artist’ sessions will be presented throughout the day, and all exhibitors are encouraged to schedule some time on that day to showcase their work.
The Tropical Gaze art exhibition opens with a free launch party on Friday October 6 from 6pm – 9pm and is open Monday to Friday from 9am-4.30pm and on weekends from 10am-2.30pm. The festival will run from September 30 to October 8. For more information, visit the Cairns Tropical Pride website.